What do you think of when you hear soft food diet? It may be a bit confusing for you to nail down. If you have recently had dental implants placed or are just starting the dental implant process, you will need to become familiar with what a soft food diet entails.
A soft food diet consists of foods that do not require any chewing or are easier to chew. Soft foods are things like delicious soup, eggs in various forms, pasta, light fish, vibrant smoothies, and blended fruits like applesauce are all great options. When you are pursuing dental implants of any kind, whether it is a single dental implant, multiple dental implants, or the All-on-4® procedure, you will need to avoid hard or chewy foods, such as tough meats like steak or sticky candies.
To ensure you are successful, you will need to remember that the dental implants take time to fuse to your jaw bone. Osseointegration is a process when the dental implants create a secure foundation within the jaw bone for chewing and full function. Dental implants are a new tooth root, which is very sturdy but will need time to heal. While this process takes time, other dental replacement methods lack this strong root because they are not placed into the natural bone.
The length of your soft food diet depends largely on how well you are healing. Other individual factors, such as overall health before the dental implant procedure, the amount of bone present in the jaw, and if bone grafting was involved will all determine your healing time.
During your healing period, your oral surgeon will periodically check on your dental implant’s progress. If you chew harder foods too early or too often, this can lead to complications like the risk of infection and altered integration of the dental implant into the bone. But you can avoid complications by sticking to the recommended soft food diet. You will be aiding in better healing and ensure the best outcome from treatment. Once your oral surgeon has determined successful healing, you can resume eating and enjoying the foods you love.
A soft food diet is restrictive, but you will need to keep in mind that it is only temporary. But while it is restrictive, there are still a lot of foods you will be able to enjoy while you recover. A sensible diet is key to general health and will help you during the healing process. Your oral surgeon will instruct you on specific foods to eat and which ones to avoid.
For more information about dental implants or to schedule a consultation with Monroe Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, please call our office today and find out if or what kind of dental implants are right for you.